With pregnancy comes plenty of unanticipated changes, especially when it comes to your skin. When you’re expecting, skyrocketing hormones can deliver a variety of unwelcome skin conditions – and if that pregnancy “glow” you were promised has been overshadowed by puzzling pigmentation, you’re not alone. According to Parents magazine, more than 50% of moms-to-be experience darkening skin during pregnancy.
What Is Melasma?
The patches of discoloration that appear during pregnancy are known as melasma, and they typically appear around the mouth, cheeks and forehead. These splashes of pigmentation emerge early on in pregnancy.
When pregnancy hormones spike, they can overstimulate tyrosinase, an enzyme in the body which triggers melanin production – the substance that gives our hair, eyes and skin their color. As a result, existing freckles and moles become more pronounced and new spots or blotches appear.
Tips For Reducing Skin Discoloration
Look for products that contain botanical ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation, as compared to medical ingredients such as hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a prescription-based ingredient that is used to brighten the skin, but is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. Eminence Organics’ Bright Skin Collection harnesses the power of organic ingredients such as punarnava root and botanical extracts – like licorice root and stonecrop – to reduce the look of dark spots and discoloration while balancing the skin. Eminence’s Natural Hydroquinone Alternative is made from African potato and tara tree to brighten the appearance of skin without the use of dangerous chemicals.
Together, these results-oriented ingredients help to reveal that coveted pregnancy glow and an enviable, even looking complexion.
Staff Writer, Eminence Organic Skincare